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7.1 quake hits near Chile

Chile's national emergency agency requested temporary evacuation

TALCA, Chile | March 26, 2012

A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck off the coast of Chile's Maule region Sunday evening, seismologists said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was recorded at 6:37 p.m local time at a depth of 21.6 miles. The epicenter was 16 miles north-northwest of Talca, 34 miles west-southwest of Curico, 61 miles north-northeast of Cauquenes and 136 miles south-southwest of Santiago, USGS said on its Web site.

The temblor led Chile's national emergency agency to request a temporary evacuation along the coast between Concon and Lebu, The Santiago Times reported. The request was lifted after reports came in that there was no sign of a tsunami, the newspaper said.

Another earthquake, measuring 5.1-magnitude, had been recorded in the Santiago region Saturday.

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